Embolism definition

ĕmbə-lĭzəm
Obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.
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An embolus.
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The intercalation of a day, month, etc. into a calendar, as in leap year.
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The time intercalated.
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The obstruction of a blood vessel by an embolus too large to pass through it.
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(loosely) An embolus.
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Obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.
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An embolus.
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A mass, such as an air bubble, detached blood clot, or foreign body, that travels in the bloodstream, lodges in a blood vessel, and obstructs or occludes it.
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The obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by such a mass.
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(pathology) An obstruction or occlusion of an artery by an embolus, that is by a blood clot, air bubble or other matter that has been transported by the blood stream.
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The insertion or intercalation of days into the calendar in order to correct the error arising from the difference between the civil year and the solar year.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
embolism
Plural:
embolisms

Origin of embolism

  • Middle English embolisme insertion of one or more days in a calendar from Late Latin embolismus from Greek embolismos from emballein to insert emblem

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French embolisme (“intercalation of days in a calendar to correct errors”), from Late Latin embolismus.

    From Wiktionary